Homeschool Events List for August 16, 2017

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Try Cub Scouts
Sing at Lutheran South
Drama Co-op
Monarch Madness
Storytelling Workshop
Homeschool Skate
Chess Club
Sewing Classes
Art Classes

TRY CUB SCOUTS
Come try out scouts! If you have a son in 1st through 6th grade you are invited to join Cub Scout Pack 387 for our Raingutter Regatta. Your family can enjoy dinner with the pack, meet some of the families involved in Cub Scouts, and get your questions answered!
What: Cub Scout Pack 387 Raingutter Regatta
When: Thursday, August 17, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Where: Schroeder Park, 359 Old Meramec Station Road, Manchester, MO 63021
RSVP: Because this event includes dinner, please RSVP to scoutpack387@gmail.com
The Raingutter Regatta is an annual event for our pack, where cub scouts (and siblings) can decorate a small model boat and blow it down a raingutter race track.  If you’d like to participate, but aren’t up for boatmaking right now, we will have a couple of extra boats visitors can race. However, the boats are easy to make, so if you’d like a hands-on activity to do with your son, let us know when you RSVP, and we can give you the information you need to get a kit and make your own!
Cub Scout Pack 387 is a Christian, family-based organization for boys aged 6-11 (grades 1-5) where the majority of the boys are home educated. We meet two Thursdays a month during the school year, plus monthly pack activities for the whole family year-round. Boy Scout Troop 387 is also available for boys age 11-17. If you can’t join us for the Regatta, but are interested in the pack, send us an e-mail at scoutpack387@gmail.com and we would be happy to send you more information.

Sing at Lutheran South
The Lutheran High School “Junior Singers” invite students in grades 5 through 8 (ages 10 – 14) to “Sing at South” with them this year.  The Junior Singers are beginning their fifth year of singing success, combining voices from around the area as a select middle school choir.  Students from any educational setting are welcome, including public, private, and home schools in addition to Lutheran schools.  A singer-friendly audition is required where students sing “Row Your Boat” and “Happy Birthday” to demonstrate pitch-matching and rhythm skills. Weekly rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings from 7 – 8:30 pm in the LHSS Choir room at the school on Tesson Ferry near Gravois.  Students learn music reading and ensemble skills along with responsibility and group cooperation during the rehearsals which include musical games as well as choral pieces.  The choir performs at LHSS concerts throughout the year.  The Junior Singers are led by Greg Gastler, LHSS Choir Director, and assisted by Kelly McCord, LHSS Elementary Music Specialist.  Schedule an audition for your singer by calling Mr. Gastler at 314-833-1063 or by emailing ggastler@lhssstl.org. Auditions will be held at LHSS on Monday and Tuesday afternoons, August 28 & 29, with “last minute” auditions at 6:15 pm on Tuesday, September 5, before the first rehearsal.  Annual tuition is $60 payable to LHSS.  Adults are welcome to observe both auditions and rehearsals.  Check out the Junior Singer portion of the LHSS website at www.lhssstl.org/Page/Admissions/Get-to-Know-Us/Middle-School-Fine-Arts. Several former Junior Singers are currently singing in advanced choirs around the area. Come, audition with a friend, and “Sing at South!”

DRAMA CO-OP
You are invited to the Christian LIGHT drama cooperative kick off on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 1:30 pm!
What is Christian LIGHT? We are Learning, Investigating, Growing, & Helping Together. Christian LIGHT is a drama based cooperative that incorporates Language Arts, Music, Art & Technology.
Drama is more than theater. Theater is part of drama. The focus of theater is to perform. The focus of drama is to engage, explore presence, emotion, discover history and culture from another person’s perspective, develop communication skills, and discover hidden abilities by experimenting in art, music and technology.
Christian LIGHT is open to homeschoolers of all ages and grades. Christian LIGHT is a volunteer run cooperative. Therefore, the cost is kept at a minimum ($50 per family, plus $5 per student per year), and parent participation is required.
To register, please complete the form in the link below, and bring your registration fee, in cash, to the Kick Off on September 6th. You will be receipted.
Note, the schedule is listed at the bottom of the registration page.
http://bit.do/LightRegistration2017

Monarch Madness
Using mysterious powers rivaling a GPS, they navigate a landscape more vast than the span of the continental United States.  With instinct alone as their guide and in perfect sync, thousands journey through the air each autumn to one particular mountain range in Mexico. It’s a specific roosting site custom-made for their needs.
They’re not birds, but Monarch butterflies.
The showy, familiar orange and black Monarch butterflies are the only insects that make this amazing migration.  This incredible odyssey goes right through Missouri.  The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) along with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and a host of other partners are celebrating the monarch migration with a special event in the St. Louis area.  Monarch Madness takes place Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m.—3 p.m. at the DOE Weldon Spring Site Interpretive Center in St. Charles.  The event is free and open to all ages.
Though monarchs are the front liners, the Monarch Madness event will celebrate all pollinating creatures that help our plants thrive.  The event will offer an interactive and fun way to learn about pollinator declines and what people can do to help.
The event will also feature kids’ crafts, games, exhibits, native garden demonstrations, butterfly tagging, food trucks, music, and more.  Visitors can purchase native plants and collect free seeds in ready-to-plant packages to grow monarch-sustaining plants at home.  Guests can also enjoy viewing and hiking the site’s 150-acre restored Howell Prairie.
Pollinator decline in the recent past is a source of growing concern among scientists.  It’s estimated that in the last 20 years, Monarch populations have plummeted more than 80%.  Dwindling habitat for these colorful butterflies is believed to be the source of the drop.
Though the numbers for monarchs may seem grim, people can do something to help.  Planting backyard butterfly gardens can help monarch populations recover.  Establishing milkweed and nectar plants will also give them a boost on their long journey.  Monarch Madness will help visitors learn how they can make a difference.  For more information, go to https://goo.gl/C8imS5.
Limited parking will be available on-site. Additional parking is available at neighboring Francis Howell High School with a short, half-mile walk along the gravel Hamburg Trail to the site. The Weldon Spring Interpretive Site is located at 7295 Highway 94, approximately two miles south of I-64/40. For more information, call 636-300-2600

GHOST STORYTELLING WORKSHOP
Join us if you dare! MU Extension in Saint Louis County is hosting a GHOST Storytelling workshop featuring Master Storyteller, Bobby Norfolk, on Monday, September 11, 18, 25 & October 9 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for a 4-H member/ $40 for non-members. The cost includes the workshops, a t-shirt, mini concert and Festival Slam. Contact Amanda Meek at 314-400-7386 or meeka@missouri.edu for registration information. We are located at 132 E. Monroe in Kirkwood, Missouri. Visit our website at http://extension.missouri.edu/stlouis/ghost.aspx

HOMESCHOOL SKATE
2:00-4:00PM
September 12, 2017
January 9, 2018
April 10, 2018
Admission $7- Includes regular skate rental. Upgraded skate rentals: $2. Concessions open for purchases.
Fun Spot Skating Center, 1400 West Boulevard, Belleville, IL  618-234-4502
www.funspotrocks.com

Chess Club
Chess Club meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, October through May, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. (immediately following PE class) at the Salvation Army, 824 Union Road, 63123. This is a drop-in club. (No September meeting.)
Come every time or whenever it fits with your schedule. This is a great opportunity for chess enthusiasts to gather and enjoy the game of chess. We begin with a short lesson and then fit in as many games as time allows. Price is FREE!
If you have questions, contact Judy Maichel at 314-352-1319 or mjmaichel@juno.com.
WHY IS CHESS IMPORTANT? Chess is a game for all people , the game helps to develop memory , improves concentration , develops concentration , imagination and creativity , chess teaches independence , chess develops the capability to predict and foresee consequences of actions , chess inspires self-motivation , chess shows that success rewards hard work , chess helps to facilitate critical thinking skills, chess improves school work and grades , you get to meet like-minded people , chess is an inexpensive game to play , and chess is entertaining.

Sewing Classes for Children in Grades 3 and Higher
This is a six-week sewing class for students in grades 3 and higher that meets on Wednesday afternoons. These classes are designed to teach students beginning sewing skills and to reinforce skills for those who have already participated in these sewing classes. Beginning students will learn basic skills needed to sew simple projects. Students who have already learned the basics will review skills from previous classes and receive training with additional skills. The cost of all six classes is $150 and includes all the materials that will be needed.
Fall Session
Classes Meet on Wednesdays from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
September 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th
October 4th and 11th
Classes will be held at Brentwood Congregational Church at 2400 S Brentwood Blvd, Brentwood, MO 63144.
These sewing classes will be taught by Stephanie Wyatt who is an elementary teacher. Please contact Stephanie with any questions or visit wyattssewingclassesandmore.com to learn more information.
Stephanie Wyatt
314-704-2955
wyattssewingclassesandmore@gmail.com
Call or email to reserve a seat.
Payment must be received before the first class to reserve a space

Art Classes: http://mailchi.mp/39d22c0e7d6f/new-classes-sharpen-your-observation-skills-while-expanding-your-connection-with-nature-and-wildlife

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The posted events are open to all homeschoolers in the St. Louis, MO, area (including St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, Franklin County, and Jefferson County in MO, and Madison County, Monroe County, and St. Clair County in IL, and surrounding regions).
NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not necessarily indicate endorsement by the blog owner. I try to include as many events or classes I know of in the Greater St. Louis area that would be of special interest to homeschoolers. Some of these events come from a distinctively “Christian” perspective, while others are purely “secular” in nature. If you see things that you would not be particularly interested in, just ignore them and look for the things that do appeal to you
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